From becoming the first band played on Beats 1 in 2015 to playing a huge set at Reading Festival this summer, Spring King have had quite a year. Now they’re off on tour (again) with assorted ‘friends’ (actually some of the coolest bands in the UK: The Magic Gang, The Big Moon, Get Inuit and Kagoule). We caught up with drummer-cum-frontman Tarek Musa, to talk stage antics, getting restless and playing hard.
Where are you most excited to play on the upcoming tour?
“I think it’s about the crowd, more than the actual places. We’re most excited about playing to new people and older fans, because we have loads of new material. We love playing shows where people are enjoying it – and you can tell. I think Manchester’s going to be good because it’s our hometown show, and London’s always great. We’ve also had some wild nights in Bristol. Glasgow always goes off. Europe as well. This is our first headline show in Europe. I’m just excited to play and get out there. Even with a cold. I’m just ready to go. I’m tired of being at home.”
Do you get restless being at home?
“Yeah. We come home for a week and unless we’re rehearsing and stuff we just put on the TV and watch daytime television, which is really shit. By the end of a tour we’re all like, ‘Right, I don’t want to see your faces for two months’. But then after a week we end up texting each other to hang out. We’re most comfortable on the road. It feels very natural for us now.”
What’s been your best live experience so far?
“I’d say Reading and Leeds this year were sick. They were two of the best experiences. It’s the first time we’ve played one of the UK’s major festivals, and the crowd were absolutely loving it. When we watched it back on iPlayer it looked kind of tame. There were three pits going at Reading and the camera barely even touched any of them. But the actual set at Reading, with the atmosphere and everything that day, was just insane. It was incredible.”
And the worst?
“Definitely being sick… I once turned to the side mid set and threw up into a plastic bag. It was a very tactical move. I usually over-exert myself in the first half of a set. But if the crowd are going ape-shit, it just makes me want to play harder.”
Spring King tour dates:
Coventry Library (October 8)
Edinburgh Electric Circus (10) (w/The Magic Gang, Get Inuit)
Glasgow Stereo (11) (w/The Magic Gang, Get Inuit)
Newcastle O2 Academy 2 (12) (w/The Magic Gang, Get Inuit)
Manchester Academy 2 (14) (w/The Magic Gang, Get Inuit)
Sheffield Plug (15) (w/The Magic Gang, Get Inuit)
Leeds Wardrobe (16) (w/The Magic Gang, Get Inuit)
Birmingham O2 Institute 3 (18) (w/The Magic Gang, Get Inuit)
Stoke Sugar Mill (20) (w/The Big Moon, Get Inuit)
Cardiff SWN Festival (21)
Nottingham Rescue Rooms (22) (w/Kagoule, Get Inuit)
Oxford O2 Academy 2 (23) (w/The Big Moon, Get Inuit)
Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms (25) (w/Kagoule)
Bristol Thekla (26) (w/Kagoule, Get Inuit)
Brighton Concorde 2 (27) (w/Kagoule, Get Inuit)
London KOKO (28) (w/Kagoule, Get Inuit)